By Adeola Badru
IBADAN-AHEAD of the Saturday’s local government elections in Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi has, however, sent a warning signal to would-be trouble makers, groups and individuals that might want to forment trouble during the poll to think twice, as security operatives have been on red alert to ensure the smooth and peaceful conduct of the election.
Similarly, the state government also expressed it’s determination to conduct free, fair and credible elections in all the local governments and LCDAs.
Ajimobi made this known through his Executive Assistant on Political Matters, Dr. Morohunkola Thomas, yesterday, in a statement released to journalists.
The governor in the statement said that the warning became necessary following the fresh plans by dissident groups and their sympathisers within the All progressives Congress to cause mayhem on Saturday.
Ajimobi further said that following the scuttling of the initial plans of the group to burn down the state secretariat of the All Progressives Congress Party (APC) at Oke-Ado, Ibadan, intelligence reports revealed that they were restrategising to disrupt the peace of the land and render the LG election and congresses inconclusive, add g that necessary security arrangements have been put in place to protect lives and property and to ensure that residents exercise their franchise without any hindrance.
According to him, latest intelligence has revealed that the members of the Unity Forum are planning to use their thugs to unleash terror on innocent electorate and loyal members of the APC.
He said that the government appealed to all citizens, including the self-styled Unity Forum to embrace peace and allow the elections to hold in a peaceful atmosphere in the overall interest of the state and sanctity of democracy.
“The government has put security operatives on red alert to ensure the safety of election officials and voters. It has therefore become necessary to warn groups and individuals bent on fomenting trouble on Saturday to have a rethink.”
“The law of the land is no respecter of anybody, no matter his or her position in the society. As leaders in their own right, those crying blue murder should rise above pettiness and join hands with the government and our great party.”
“The government is using this opportunity to caution all political parties, including APC and their followers against any act of violence before, during and after the local government election and party congresses. The full weight of the law will be visited on troublemakers without discrimination.
“The government wishes to tell the public that an earlier interim injunction stopping the LG election had been vacated by a Federal High Court, Ibadan, thus clearing obstacles before the conduct of the election,” be added.